A sugar-free, coffee, and chocolate-flavored treat packed with protein and a creamy texture—just like a traditional Frosty without the sugar or strange ingredients!
Everything about this recipe makes me happy: coffee, chocolate, vanilla, and a creamy, frosty texture. Yum! Just like an ice cream milkshake but healthier!
If you’ve read my blog for awhile, you already know my life-long love and affinity for ice cream. I have such a special place in my heart for it. I grew up eating it, served ice cream at an old job in my teens and early 20’s for about 6 years, and there will never be a better smell to me than the smell of an ice cream parlor. Anyone with me here?
When I quit sugar, my love for ice cream certainly didn’t die, so I’ve been creating healthy ice cream replacement recipes ever since that I can enjoy whenever I get an ice cream craving. Which is daily, let’s be honest!
Anywho, along with traditional ice cream, I also loved shakes and soft-serve ice cream. The Wendy’s Frosty was one of my all-time favorite cheap treats to enjoy in my younger days (with fries!) and although I haven’t had one of those in over 11 years, I gotta say, today’s recipe that I’m sharing today with you is the closest thing I’ve had that reminds me of it.
Now, I get that this recipe doesn’t look exactly like a Frosty, but if you make this at home, you’ll quickly see what I mean when I say it’s very similar. It’s super thick and creamy, sweet and silky smooth, and it just makes you feel good as soon as you take the first sip.
To give this recipe a special twist, I used real vanilla bean powder and Raw Fit, Marley Coffee protein powder which is an organic plant-based protein powder made with organic coffee. It’s one of my favorites that keeps you full and is filled with plant-based goodness. I’ve been enjoying this every single day after (or before) my workout and I honestly look so forward to it.
You can adjust the ingredients to make it your own, but if you get a chance to try the exact ingredients I used, definitely do. They are so good and satisfying!
Not only is the protein in this recipe quick-digesting and easily assimilated, but it also promotes lean muscle mass, enhances brain function, and has greatly improved my post-workout recovery. And of course, this recipe is totally sugar-free like all my other recipes.
- 2 cups of cubed ice
- 1 scoop of coffee-flavored vanilla protein powder (I used Garden of Life Raw Fit Plant-Based Protein)
- 1/8 tsp. real vanilla bean powder or 1 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
- 2 full drops of alcohol-free liquid stevia
- dash of cinnamon
- 1/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla non-dairy milk (such as cashew or almond)
- Optional: 1 scoop of chocolate superfood powder (I used Amazing Grass Cacao Infusion Superfood)
- 1 scoop of L-glutamine powder (amino acid good for gut health and for post-workout recovery)
- 1 1/2 cups cold water
- Put a large glass or milkshake stainless steel cup (which is what I used) in the freezer while you make the recipe. Trust me!
- Next, add all the ingredients for the recipe to a single-serving blender (such as the Nutribullet) in the order listed. If you use a Vitamix or regular blender, add the ingredients in the opposite order so they blend appropriately.
- Pour the mixture in your pre-frosted glass or cup and serve with a straw and spoon. It gets super thick and creamy the longer it sits, so you may start out drinking it and then have to eat the rest. It's delicious!
This recipe is also perfect as a snack, but since it has some natural caffeine, be sure you consume it at least 6 hours or so before bedtime. Or, you can use a caffeine-free protein powder if you wish. Have you ever made a post-workout protein frosty?